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How to Make the Sweetes DIY Paper Daisy
When most of us think of pushing daisies, we think of death. Nothing so morbid on this article! A daisy is one of the sweetest summer flowers. It symbolizes purity, love, and beauty. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of my time spent in northern Ontario, Canada wandering in the fields picking daisies. It was a pleasure to run back home with a fistful of flowers that I would put in a vase and proudly display on the dining room table. I sure do wish I could go back in time and relive those days!
Make some paper flowers as a gift for someone special in your life. These paper daisies are super easy to make and look cute when displayed in groups in simple vases. They also work well as bridal and baby shower decorations. In addition to party decorations, paper daisies also are beautiful in wedding bouquets and boutineers.
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- White card stock
- Yellow card stock
- Green card stock
- 18-inch floral wire
- Green floral tape
- Paper daisy die cut files and template
- Hot glue gun
- Optional floral wire cutter
- Bone folder or dry embossing tool
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After Gathering Materials Download the Cutting Files
After gathering your supplies download the free PDF template and die cut files. Unzip the file folder and save the folder somewhere on your computers hard drive in a place you will remember. Print and cut the flower parts on appropriately colored cardstock with scissors or a Xacto knife.
You may also cut the flower parts on a digital die cutter. Die cut files suitable for most electronic die cutters are included in the file download.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Wrap Four Pieces of Floral Wire with Floral Tape
Wrap four pieces of 20 gauge 18 inches long floral wire with floral tape. If you do not know how to wrap floral tape, you can get instructions here.
Place the wrapped floral wires side by side to form the daisy stem, and cover the wires again with green floral tape.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Cut and Roll the Yellow Paper Daisy Center Piece
Cut the daisy center strip from yellow cardstock. Make vertical cuts, as in the photo above using craft scissors.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Attach the Floral Head Center to the Stem
Use hot glue gun to attach the yellow floral center to the stem, and wrap forming the daisy center. Add a bit of hot glue to the end of the yellow wrapped center to secure the yellow cardstock strip to the stem.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Curl the Edges of the Petals Downward
Wrap the edges of the petals around a pencil to curl them downward. Fluff the petals with your fingers to give dimension and realism to the flower petals, then pinch the petals vertically to add some depth and realism to the petals.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Stack the Petals on Top of Each Other to Form the Head
Stack the flower petal circles on top off one another. The largest petal circle should be on the bottom. The next step is to place the middle petal circle on top of the large petal circle. Finally, put the small petal circle on top of the middle petal circle.
Insert the wrapped floral wire stem through the middle hole of the flower petals from the top.
Fluff the petals with your fingers to give the flower added dimension.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Add a Sepal to the Back of the DIY Daisy
Insert the bottom of the stem into the middle hole of the green sepal then guide the sepal until it rests against the lower part of the flower petals.
Wrap floral tape underneath the green floral sepal onto the floral wire stem to secure the flower parts. Try to get the floral tape under the flower head to look like an upside down triangle. It should be approximately one-half inch in diameter.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Cut and Score the Daisy Leaves
Cut out the leaves by hand or a digital die cutter using the template files provided in the free file download. Gently score the parts of the leaf with a bone folder or dry embossing tool to mimic the veins of a real daisy leaf.
Attach the leaf to the stem by wrapping the bottom portion to the stem with green floral tape.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Trim the Paper Daisy Stem to Desired Height
Cut the daisy to your desired height using a floral cutting tool or scissors. Bend the flower stem to mimic a natural flower. Nothing in nature is perfectly straight so bending the stem a little bit gives the paper flower a realistic look. Place the paper flower in a vase and arrange with more paper daisies and floral fillers.
Stand back and admire your flower arrangement. Aren't you please with your floral design craftiness? Why not make some more as gifts for your friends! They will love them.